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    He who has his thumb on the purse has the power.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: power 
     
    I have never lived on principles. When I have had to act, I never first asked myself on what principles I was going to act, but I went at it and did what I thought fit. I have often reproached myself for my want of principle.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: thoughts 
     
    The most significant event of the 20th century will be the fact that the North Americans speak English.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: facts  american 
     
    A bad plan that is well executed will yield much better results than a good plan that is poorly executed.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: bad 
     
    It is the destiny of the weak to be devoured by the strong.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: strong 
     
    People who love sausage and people who believe in justice should never watch either of them being made
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: justice  people  believe 
     
    Preventive war is like committing suicide out of fear of death.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: death  fear  suicide  war 
     
    When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: truth  world  fools 
     
    Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: believe  politics 
     
    The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom. There was no man in the United States great enough to wear his boots and the bankers went anew to grab the riches. I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America and use it to systematically corrupt civilization.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    A generation that has taken a beating is always followed by a generation that deals one.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    We live in a wondrous time in which the strong is weak because of his moral scruples and the weak grows strong because of his audacity.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: time  live  strong  morals 
     
    The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: secret  russia 
     
    The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    A really great man is known by three signs: generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: humanity  men  success 
     
    People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: people  lies  war 
     
    God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States of America.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: god  america  fools 
     
    Do not expect that once taking advantage of Russia's weakness, you will receive dividends forever. Russian has always come for their money. And when they come - do not rely on an agreement signed by you, you are supposed to justify. They are not worth the paper it is written. Therefore, with the Russian is to play fair, or do not play.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    The Americans are a very lucky people. They're bordered to the north and south by weak neighbors, and to the east and west by fish.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: people  american 
     
    What we learn from History is that no one learns from History
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: learn 
     
    One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans (1888).
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: war 
     
    Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: men  mistakes  wise  learn  fools 
     
    Never fight with Russian. On your every stratagem they answer unpredictable stupidity.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: fight  stupidity 
     
    No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    Politics are not a science based on logic; they are the capacity of always choosing at each instant, in constantly changing situations, the least harmful, the most useful.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: politics 
     
    Beware of sentimental alliances where the consciousness of good deeds is the only compensation for noble sacrifices.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: sacrifice  noble 
     
    man cannot control the current of events. he can only float with them and steer
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: men  control 
     
    With bad laws and good civil servants it's still possible to govern. But with bad civil servants even the best laws can't help.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: law  help  bad 
     
    Even the most favorable outcome of the war will never lead to the decomposition of the main forces of Russia, which is based on millions of Russian ... The latter, even if they break up international treaties, just as quickly re-connect with each other, like pieces of a particle of mercury.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: war  russia 
     
    Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: rules  war  write 
     
    Faust complained about having two souls in his breast, but I harbor a whole crowd of them and they quarrel. It is like being in a republic.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: soul 
     
    The government should cultivate the view also among the propertyless classes of the population, those who are the most numerous and the least educated, that the state is not only an institution of necessity but also of welfare. By recognizable and direct advantages they must be led to look upon the state not as an agency devised solely for the protection of the better-situated classes of society but also as one serving their needs and interests.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    The nation that has the schools has the future.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: future  school 
     
    Politics is not a science...but an art.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: politics 
     
    You can do everything with bayonets, but you are not able to sit on them
    — Otto von Bismarck
    You can't destroy the polish national-consciousness or Poles on the battlefield, but if you give them power, they will destroy themselves
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: power 
     
    I have always found the word 'Europe' on the lips of those who wanted something from others which they dared not demand in their own names!
    — Otto von Bismarck
    He obtained from Congress the right to borrow from the people by selling to it the 'bonds' of States ... and the Government and the nation escaped the plots of the foreign financiers. They understood at once, that the United States would escape their grip. The death of Lincoln was resolved upon.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
    — Otto von Bismarck
    tags: dying  eyes  war 
     
    All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence.
    — Otto von Bismarck
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